The Mumbai Indians will be up against Kings XI Punjab in the 9th Match of IPL 2019 on March 30th. The venue for the match is the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. It will be the third match of the tournament for both the teams. Statistically, Mumbai Indians have won more often when the two teams have met head-to-head (overall 12-10), even when they have played in Mohali (4-3).
|Match||Kings XI Punjab vs. Mumbai Indians, 9th Match|
|Venue||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh|
|Series||Indian Premier League|
|Match days||30 March 2019 – day/night match (20-over match)|
In the past, Mumbai has performed far better, especially in the second half of the tournament and have won the finals 3 times out of 11 tournaments (Mumbai has appeared in 4 IPL finals), while Punjab has only been able to bag the title of runner-up once.
With 17 players retained from the 2018 edition season and 7 new additions to the Mumbai Indians, the squad looks like they will be one to look out for. Kings XI Punjab, in contrast, have only 9 team members retained from the previous squad and are looking forward to an improved performance with a new bench this time. Captains Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are both experienced players and consistent IPL performers. Judging by their talent and ability, both the teams have a fair chance of lifting the trophy this time.
It will be a treat to watch the two teams battling it out on the pitch this season. Since MI will take time to settle down in the tournament, there is a high chance that the Kings can take an initial. Playing on their home ground could also work in Punjab’s favor.
The Mumbai team has made critical changes to their line-up. How the last-minute addition of Yuvraj Singh and the return of Lasith Malinga will impact the team’s morale and performance will be interesting to watch. The role of the two experienced players who are somewhat past their prime will need to be observed.